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April 23, 2018

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Doctors perform first successful penis transplant

Source: News 784 A veteran who lost his genitals from a blast in Afghanistan has received the world’s most extensive penis transplant, and doctors said Monday he is recovering well and expected to leave the hospital this week. Saying they wanted to address “an unspoken injury of war,” Johns Hopkins University surgeons rebuilt…

Vincy man reportedly attacks woman at hospital in BVI

Source: News 784 Police have arrested and charged a St Vincent national who reportedly attacked a woman while she was working at Peebles Hospital. According to BVINEWS, It is understood that the accused Vincentian and the female were formerly in a relationship. Reports are that the woman was on the job inside the…

Guyana: Farmer gets 3 years jail for planting 12 ganja plant

Source: News 784 (INEWS GUYANA) – A Rupununi farmer was on Friday sentenced to three years in prison and fined $15,000 when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on a charge of planting cannabis. Kenneth Thompson plead guilty when the charge was read to him by City Magistrate, Judy Latchman. The court heard…

Nicaragua president scraps pension cuts after deadly riots

Source: News 784 (BBC) – Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has scrapped the changes to social security that have prompted violent protests across the country since Wednesday. Speaking on national television, Mr Ortega renewed calls for the private sector to engage in talks. But business leaders say they will only negotiate when the government…

Nicaraguan journalist shot dead on Facebook Live while covering protests

Source: News 784 (Independent.co.uk) – A journalist was gunned down during a Facebook Live broadcast as he covered an anti-government protest in Nicaragua. Angel Gahona was describing damage to a cash machine at a bank in the town of Bluefields on the country’s southern Caribbean coast, when a shot rang out and he fell to the ground, bleeding from the head. After…

Police, Customs Seize Contraband On Union Island

Source: News 784 Police and Customs officials on the Southern Grenadine island of Union Island managed to stop the entrance of contraband into the state. According to reports on Sunday 22nd April, the Police and Customs working together confiscated some 100 cases of drinks. The contraband according to reports was being imported from…

SVG WELCOMES NEW RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR

Source: News 784 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has welcomed a new Russian Ambassador. His Excellency Alexander S. Kurmaz presented his credentials to his Excellency Sir Frederick Ballantyne, Governor General of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on April 17, 2018. Ambassador Kurmaz communicated his desire to work to further strengthen and solidify the…

Kathleen Cambridge Scholarship Fund invites applications

Source: iWitness News Applications are now being invited for the Kathleen Cambridge Scholarship Fund, which was established earlier this year to commemorate 25 years since the passing of Kathleen F. Cambridge of Sion Hill. “We, the three surviving children of the late Kathleen Francisca Cambridge, are delighted to honour and share our mother’s…

J’can professor issues violent crime warning for SVG

Source: iWitness News The homicide rate in St. Vincent and Grenadines is at a stage where it must be arrested before it spirals to the level exhibited in Jamaica and Trinidad, says a University of the West Indies professor and criminologist. “I am very familiar with that pattern. Trinidad, Jamaica exhibited it,” Professor…

SVG must strengthen culture of peace — PM

Source: iWitness News As St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) strives to address the issue of crime and violence, the question is not so much building a culture of peace, says Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves. “I have no doubt that such a culture exists in our country. It is to build it further,”…

SVG fire fighters complete GlobalFire training

Source: iWitness News The closing ceremony of the GlobalFire Fire-Ground Operations Training Course took place on Wednesday at the Old Montrose Police Training School. The eight-day GlobalFire Fire-Ground Operations Training Course was compledted by 63 participants who were drawn from the RSVPF, the SVG Red Cross, the Ministry of Tourism and the Teachers…

SVG has two chances to stop youths becoming criminals

Source: iWitness News As St. Vincent and the Grenadines tries to prevent its youth from becoming criminals, it must focus especially on two groups of young males: 12- to 16-year-olds and those 17 to 25 years old. Jamaican criminologist and University of the West Indies professor, Anthony Harriott says that 12-16 years old…

Let the Rastaman practice I and I livity

Source: iWitness News By Church of His Majesty Ivine Order Hear this all ye people, give ear all ye inhabitants of the world both, low and high, rich and poor together. My mouth shall speak of wisdom and the meditation of my heart shall be of overstanding. (Psalm 49.1-3) Greetings in the name…

Britons killed in Saudi Arabia coach crash

Source: News 784 (BBC) – Four British people have died and 12 others have been hurt in a coach crash in Saudi Arabia, a travel firm says. Those killed were from Blackburn and Preston, in Lancashire, travelling from Mecca on an Umrah pilgrimage. Blackburn-based Hashim Travel said the coach was hit by a…

CARICOM moving ahead to restructure West Indies cricket

Source: News 784 By AZAD ALI  – CARICOM is moving ahead with plans to ensure the restructuring of the governance of West Indies cricket, despite the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) request to have Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron at any meeting between the two bodies. But chairman of CARICOM’s cricket sub-committee,…

Buddy Gutter man gets 2yrs for wounding

Source: News 784 Aasiah Farrell a 29 years old labourer from the community of Buddy Gutter in the Lowmans Bay area was on Friday April 20th sentenced to a two year jail term on a charge of wounding which is said to have occurred on September 6th, 2017. The sentence was handed down…

LIAT CEO: Taxes on flights too high

Source: News 784 (CNS) – Caribbean governments are being encouraged to revisit the level of taxation on airline tickets. The issue came up earlier this week as LIAT, Air Antilles and Winair announced the CaribSKY alliance which will see them using codeshares and interline agreements to make regional travel easier and cheaper. The…

BARBADOS – Call for a regional ferry service

Source: News 784 (CNS) – Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Steve Blackett, believes that a ferry service should be a significant feature throughout the northern and southern Caribbean, as a means of reducing the cost of air and sea travel for business and pleasure. He made this observation recently while…

Vincentian National Shot In The Face Happy To Be Alive

Source: News 784 A Vincentian national currently residing in Brooklyn is grateful to be alive after being shot in her face by a stray bullet on the night of Friday 13th April 2018. Police in Brooklyn said 19-year-old Garrey Walker opened fire on another teen around 5:15 p.m. Friday in Flatbush, and the 64-year-old…

ECGC intends on creating a foundation in Saint Lucia

Source: News 784 (PRESS RELEASE VIA NEWS784) – St. Lucian’s may soon benefit from the East Caribbean Flour Mill (ECGC) Foundation who intends to assist needy persons in the areas of health and education. The foundation is currently supporting individuals in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. East Caribbean Flour Mills also known as ECGC…

Could a California Bill Lead to the Banning of Bibles?

Source: News 784 (CBN News) A pro-LGBTQ bill is quickly making its way through the California state assembly after it was approved on the floor Thursday. The bill now goes to the state Senate for a vote. If passed, Assembly Bill 2943 could ultimately threaten free speech and freedom of religion for Christians. It uses…

High level Indian Government Delegation To Visit St Vincent

Source: News 784 A High level delegation from the Republic of India in Paramaribo headed by H.E. Shri P.P. Chaudhary, Minister of State of Law and Justice and Corporate Affairs, Government of India to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and also H.E. Mr. Satendar Kumar, High Commissioner of India will be visiting Saint…

SVGTU Holds leadership Training Workshop

Source: News 784 The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers’ Union (SVGTU) will host a leadership training workshop today from 9.am. The workshop takes place at the National Insurance Services (NIS) Conference Room. The workshop, which will be held under the theme: “Embracing the Leader in All of Us,” is geared towards sharpening the…

63 persons receive certificates after specialized training course

Source: News 784 Sixty-three persons drawn from several Departments of the local Police Force were presented with certificates after successfully completing one week of specialized training conducted by personnel from GlobalFire; a charitable organization based in Ontario, Canada. The Police Officers participating in the training were drawn from the Fire Department, RRU, SSU,…

Trini ISIS woman gets death sentence in Iraq: Report

Source: News 784 (TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – Several international media houses are reporting that a Trinidadian was among six women sentenced to death in Iraq for having links to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). According to the report, five women from Azerbaijan were condemned to death along with a woman from Trinidad…

Cancelled Geest calls costing Vincy farmers

Source: iWitness News A St. Vincent-based farmers group has written to an international shipping company about the financial and other impacts that random cancellation of calls to Port Kingstown are having on its business. “Over several months, Geest has been randomly cancelling regularly scheduled calls to Port Kingstown at what can only be…

PM interrogates SVG’s murder stats

Source: iWitness News While St. Vincent and the Grenadines recorded record levels of killings in 2016 and 2017, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves says this does not mean that a trend has started. “It is too early to assert that the new high for both reported murders and the number occasioned by gunshot wounds…

Tragedy deepens as underage mom’s baby dies

Source: iWitness News The tragedy of a 14-year-old girl being the mother of a 1-year-old child was further deepened when the younger of the children died tragically last Saturday. Police have launched an investigation into the death of the toddler, a resident of Paget Farm. Police said that the child’s mother, a secondary…

6 Searchlight workers severed

Source: iWitness News Six employees of Interactive Media Ltd. (IML), publishers of Searchlight newspaper, have been severed as the company begins restructuring amidst a more challenging media environment in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The employees received their termination letters on Tuesday, five days after they learnt, through an iWitness News story, that some…

People expect gov’t to provide security — Friday

Source: iWitness News Leader of the Opposition Godwin Friday says that while crime and its causes are complex and multifaceted problems, people expect their government to provide security and to create an environment that fosters opportunities for growth and development. “But I acknowledge that everyone has a role to play in combating crime and violence…

22 Cuban Health Workers For Georgetown Diagnostic Centre

Source: News 784 When the modern medical complex in Georgetown opens, operations at the center will be boosted significantly with a contingent of health experts from Cuba. Prime Minister Gonsalves on Thursday said that some 22 Cuban health workers would be in the state shortly. These health workers he said would work alongside their compatriots…

‘Spider-Man’ gets 105 years in prison for child porn

Source: News 784 (NY DAILY NEWS) -A Tennessee man who dressed as Spider-Man while washing windows at a children’s hospital have been sentenced to 105 years in prison for child porn. Jarratt Turner befriended two families who had young children, and he offered to babysit these kids, including a little boy and an…

Vincentian Woman Stabbed To Death In South London

Source: News 784 A woman of Vincentian parentage living in South London,  has become that city 58th murder victim for 2018. News784 was told that the woman is Samantha Clarke whose relatives hails from the community of Calder. Police say she was stabbed to death in Brixton, south London, shortly after 6.30pm on Sunday…

Questelles Police Officer Struck In The Face With Flower Pot

Source: News 784 Law Enforcement Officers at Questelles have arrested and charged Quincy Gurley for two separate offences of unlawful and malicious wounding upon Police Constable Sylvanus Baptiste and issuing threats to the officer at Lower Questelles on April 15th, 2018. Reports are that on the date in question Constable Baptiste was returning…

The Youlou Art Centre To Showcase 4 Local Artists

Source: News 784 The Youlou Art Centre in keeping with its mission to focus on showcasing the work of local artists and artisans of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is inviting the public to view the art work of 4 local artists. An opening reception for the artists is planned for Saturday, April 28th…

Jail for woman, 60, filmed kicking 5-y-o girl (+video)

Source: iWitness News The 60-year-old Lowmans Hill woman who was filmed kicking, slapping and beating with a closed fist, a 5-year-old child on Feb. 20, created a scene at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, when she was jailed for two months for her crime. “Come Zhinga,” Thotelyn Wilson said as she took off…

SVG detectives helping with passport probe in Antigua

Source: iWitness News Police in St. Vincent and the Grenadine (SVG) have dispatched one of their most experienced detectives to Antigua in connection with a two-pronged investigation into the alleged production of fraudulent Antigua and Barbuda passports. Acting Commissioner of Police Colin John confirmed to iWitness News that an assistant superintendent, an inspector,…

A call to action to defend whaling in Bagga

Source: iWitness News By Tedra Kirby (First published in the Facebook group “Bagga me come from (Rich history)” on April 17, 2018) Dear People of Barrouallie, By now many of you have seen the iWitness News video clip earlier today, showing our people on the beach cutting up White Fish (Killer Whales/Orcas). For…

New Taiwan ambassador presents credentials

Source: iWitness News The new ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Calvin C.H. Ho, presented his credentials to Susan Dougan, Governor-General’s Deputy on April 10 at the Government House. Dougan welcomed Ho and expressed her appreciation for the fruitful bilateral cooperation between Taiwan and St. Vincent…

Election Petitioners Propose To Call Over 100 Witnesses

Source: News 784 Kingstown, April 18th, 2018, before Justice Esco L. Henry: The Petitions matters continued on Wednesday 18th April, 2018 in the High Court. The matters came on for case management conference whereby dates would be set by Her Ladyship for the hearing of the Petitions. Her Ladyship first addressed an application…

St Vincent and the Grenadines has new Restorative Practice Trainer

Source: News 784 (PRESS RELEASE VIA NEWS784) – The Canadian Government funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project, hosted a 2-day Restorative Practices Workshop in the Savannah Suite of the Pegasus Hotel, Sea Wall Road, Georgetown, Guyana from April 11th to 12th, 2018. This workshop was held in collaboration with…

Teen wakes up to naked burglar in her bed

Source: News 784 (NEW YORK POST) – A burglar was caught with his pants down in a Brooklyn girl’s bed early Tuesday morning — and left his underwear behind when he fled, according to police. The intruder slinked into a first-floor bedroom inside a home on 39th Street between 15th and 16th avenues in…

Caribbean leaders will hold UK to promises on Windrush Generation

Source: News 784 (PRESS RELEASE VIA NEWS784) – Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet said following a meeting with United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May, that Caribbean leaders will be monitoring closely the situation regarding the Windrush generation. The UK Prime Minister apologized to Caribbean leaders during the meeting on Tuesday this week…

Vincentians among C’bean nationals nabbed during immigration sweep

Source: News 784 Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 225 during a 6-day period, ending Apr. 14 in New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley. During the operation, ICE’s ERO arrested 225 individuals including Vincentian nationals for violating U.S. immigration laws. Of those arrested, more than 180 were…

NEW PRICES FOR LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS (LPG)

Source: News 784 In exercise of the powers conferred by the Price and Distribution of Goods Act (Cap 161), Cabinet has granted approval for changes to be made to the prices of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (GAS) as of Monday April 16th, 2018, as detailed below: Maximum retail prices for LPG Cylinders as of…

New initiative aims to reduce costs of C’bean air travel

Source: iWitness News By Kenton X. Chance BASSE-TERRE, Guadeloupe (CMC) — Three regional carriers have launched an integrated travel project that will significantly reduce the cost of travel within the English-, Dutch-, and French-speaking Caribbean. The Antigua-based regional airline, LIAT, has joined the French-owned Air Antilles and the state-owned Sint Maarten-based Winair in…

Police question relatives of suspended vincy cop

Source: News 784 The mother and brother of suspended Antigua Assistant Superintendent of Police Vincentian Ray John spent just over 24 hours in custody after being stopped at the airport on Monday 16th April, 2018 when they were about to leave the country. Sources close to the probe told the Antigua OBSERVER media…

Vincentian among thirteen(13) inducted as UWI STAT Ambassador

Source: News 784 The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, held its first virtual UWI Student Today Alumni Tomorrow (UWI STAT) induction ceremony. At this historic ceremony thirteen (13) students currently enrolled in Open Campus undergraduate and postgraduate programmes from nine (9) countries across the region…

Man Charged $2500 For Unlawful And Malicious Wounding

Source: News 784 A fine of $2,500.00 was on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 handed down upon 27 years old Jomarley Parris a labourer from the community of Campden Park, charged with unlawful and malicious wounding upon 33 years of Ronnie David an employee of Vinlec and resident of the same on September 30th,…

Police Shot And Kill Ronique Chewitt Aka War Teacher

Source: News 784 A man who is a suspect in several matters including the robbery at the Lions Club Lotto Booth was shot and killed by police on Tuesday afternoon. At about 3.45pm on Tuesday 17th April, 2018 members of the police force were on mobile patrol in the Gibson Corner area when…

49yro Farmer of Fitz Hughes Charged For Counterfeit Bills

Source: News 784 Police arrested and charged Gilbert Small, 49 years Farmer of Fitz Hughes for counterfeit bills, on Monday 16th April, 2018 at 7:10 p.m. According to investigations, Small knowingly tendered EC $100.00 serial number D0994196G, a counterfeit of a note to Evelyn Marshall, 50 years postmistress of Chateaubelair to accept it…

Questelles Man Strikes Police In Head With Ornament

Source: News 784 Police arrested and charged Kwesia Gurley, 23 years Farmer of Questelles for wounding. According to investigations, Gurley unlawfully and maliciously wounded Slyvannus Baptiste, 24 years police officer of Questelles to wit “By striking him in his head with an ornament”. Gurley was also charged for making use of threatening language…

14 year old Student Charged for possession of controlled drugs

Source: News 784 Police arrested and charged Skyley Junior Bailey, 14 years Student of Belmont for possession of controlled drugs, on Monday 17th April, 2018 at 10:25 p.m. According to investigations, Bailey had in his possession a controlled drug to wit “One hundred and seventy-four (174) grammes of cannabis” with intent to supply…

Residents Concerned About White Goods Pile-Up

Source: News 784 Residents in the area known as Long Wall on the outskirts of capital Kingstown say they are very concerned about a build-up of carelessly discarded white goods that has become an eyesore and a potential health hazard. These white goods can be found at the junction which leads to Cane…

Police shoot, kill robbery suspect

Source: iWitness News Police on Tuesday shot and killed a man they said was a suspect in the March 15 robbery at Heritage Square that left two persons nursing bullet wounds. Acting Commissioner of Police, Colin John told iWitness News that police were on mobile patrol in Gibson Corner around 3:45 p.m. when…

Whalers kill 3 more orcas in St. Vincent (+video)

Source: iWitness News By Kenton X. Chance The whaler whose crew harpooned and killed three orcas off Barrouallie, a town in western St. Vincent, on Sunday, has defended his action, saying that the kill is important to the livelihood of townsmen, and that they have broken no local law. Three orcas, one male and…

Fraudster ordered to repay victims or go to jail

Source: iWitness News A Penniston man accused of deceitfully obtaining some EC$42,057, US$430 and CAD$300 from persons interested in working in the cruise industry, was on Monday ordered to repay two of them or go to jail. Tedroy Mc Cree pleaded guilty to eight of the 94 deception charges against him when the matters were…

Calypso Queen show returns to Vincy Mas

Source: iWitness News After years of absence, the Queen of Calypso competition has returned to Vincy Mas for 2018. “After many years of decadence, we have reactivated the Queen of Calypso. And that show will take place at the Russell’s Auditorium on the 8th of June,” president of the Calypsonians Association, Earl “Caba” Bennett…

Charge upgraded in college student car crash death

Source: iWitness News Police have upgraded the charges brought against the Troumaca man in connection with the Dec. 31, 2016 car crash that claimed the life of a fellow villager. On Monday, 20-year-old Kemal Ollivierre of Troumaca was charged that “by an unlawful act he caused the death of Onixcy Hamilton of Troumaca”…

Woman charged with prison offence, day walking on weed charges 

Source: iWitness News A woman was on Wednesday arrested and charged with trying to smuggle a SIM card into the Belle Isle Correctional Facility. Police brought the charge against Yonette Small, a 28-year-old domestic of Campden Park one day after prosecutors decided not to continue with drug possession charges against her and, on the same…

Jailing $10 dasheen thief was right thing to do

Source: iWitness News By Lucie Lucy (Initially published on Facebook under the caption “Let the judiciary do its work when it can”) Many of us are saddened and even outraged over the “wickedness” of the judiciary in imposing a jail sentence on a citizen in response to his jail sentence for stealing EC$10…

Trinidad: Three cops in court for kidnap, imprisonment, assault

Source: News 784 (TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – THREE police officers made an appearance before a Port of Spain Magistrate on Monday accused of kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault. In addition to the criminal offences, the officers are also facing charges of misbehaviour in public office. The three- PCs Nicholas Nurse, Kevin Cassie and Kevin Defreitas…

Antigua PM Says Mischief Involved In Passport Matter

Source: News 784 Antigua and Barbuda prime minister Gaston Browne is convinced that mischief could be involved in the latest probe underway in St. Vincent and the Grenadines involving the Antigua and Barbuda passport. Speaking with OBSERVER media on Sunday, Browne said he was very concerned and baffled because it seems like mischief…

NEW TAIWANESE AMBASSADOR TAKES UP DUTY IN SVG

Source: News 784 The new Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Mr. Calvin C.H. Ho presented credentials to H. E. Susan Dougan, OBE, Governor-General’s Deputy on April 10, 2018 at the Government House. Governor-General’s Deputy welcomed Ambassador Ho and expressed her appreciation for the fruitful bilateral…

Vincy Man Gets 3yrs For Molesting Daughter In The BVI

Source: News 784 A middle-aged Vincentian father who reportedly molested his 14-year-old daughter more than two years ago has been sentenced to three years prison sentence in the BVI. His sentence will run from the time he was first remanded, which was in December 2015 according to BVI NEWS. While handing down the…

Russian Scholarships Now Available For Vincentian Students

Source: News 784 Vincentian students are being encouraged to apply for scholarships to study in Russia for the academic year 2018-2019. The embassy of the Russian Federation in Guyana has launched the scholarship campaign to select candidates in SVG, Guyana, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago. The scholarships cover tuition and basic accommodation. Travel…

National Conversation on Crime and Violence

Source: News 784 The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Christian Council in collaboration with Civil Society Organisations, the Churches, and several Government agencies, will host a National Conversation on Crime and Violence on Wednesday and Thursday April 18th and 19th at the Methodist Church Hall under the theme, “Building a Culture of Peace in Our Communities…

Christian Council to engage nationally on crime, violence

Source: iWitness News The St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Christian Council in collaboration with churches, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders will, on Wednesday and Thursday. host “A National Conversation on Crime and Violence”. Crime levels in SVG are “simply too high,” Bishop C. Leopold Friday told the media launch of the event in Kingstown this past…

Vincy Mas to retain 40th anniversary energy

Source: iWitness News The calendar of activities for Vincy Mas 2018 will not be as expensive as the one that marked the 40th anniversary of the festival as a summer event. “But that does not mean it is any less energetic and so, therefore, while we are starting a little later than we did…

James, John knife attack trial on July 2

Source: iWitness News The trial of the Block 2000 woman accused of slashing a community College student three times in her face, slitting her lower lip in the process, will now take place on July 2. The trial was initially set for last Monday but when the matter was called at the Kingstown Magistrate’s…

Teachers Union concerned about pace of pension reform talks

Source: iWitness News Less than one week after being installed as head of the Teachers’ Union, Wendy Bynoe has expressed concerned about the slow pace of consultation on pension reform in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. “Our constituents, the members of the Teachers’ Union and the other public sector workers are deeply concerned…

Hotel bill convict gets more free stay — in jail

Source: iWitness News The Vincentian-Canadian who racked up EC$15,494.22 in lodging and food bills at a hotel in St. Vincent does not have to worry about his meals and lodging for the next seven months. In fact, Allie Franklyn-Providence can choose to live and eat free for an additional six months at Her…

Black Squad swimmers place 5th regionally

Source: iWitness News Fourteen swimmers from St Vincent’s Black Sands Swim Squad competed against 21 clubs – representing over 300 swimmers — from across the region at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre (RHAC) in St Lucia 19th Invitational swim meet from April 5 to 8. Leading the way for Black Sands and following…

Vincentian Renwick Rose to address Commonwealth Forum

Source: iWitness News More than 350 civil society leaders from across the 53-nation Commonwealth of Nations will gather in London this week for three days of discussion and debate on key issues facing the 2.4 billion people who live in the Commonwealth. The occasion will be the holding of the Commonwealth Peoples Forum,…

Lawyer Demands Reinstatement Of Top Vincy Cop In Antigua

Source: News 784 (CNS) – Vincentian Wendel Robinson, the recently suspended commissioner of police in Antigua , is threatening legal action if he is not reinstated within one week as he alleges his suspension is “unlawful”. He made the threat through his lawyer Sir Richard Cheltenham in a letter dated April 13, labelled…

TRINIDAD – $1 million from CAL flights in February

Source: News 784 (CNS) – Caribbean Airlines (CAL) earned $1.04 million from 70 additional flights it undertook to Tobago, in February, to cater for passengers affected by problems on the domestic Seabridge. Finance Minister Colm Imbert, who is the line minister for CAL, made this disclosure in the House of Representatives. He explained…

BEQUIA: 1-year-old child drowns in swimming pool

Source: News 784 A one-year-old from the town of Port Elizabeth Bequia is now dead following an incident that took place on Saturday 14th, April 2018. News784 was informed that the 1 year Jabez Hazell drowned after he fell into a pool, the 1-year-old from reports was left unattended. The incident occurred in the community…

US launches strikes on Syria

Source: News 784 Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump announced on Friday he ordered strikes on the Syrian regime in response for a chemical weapon attack last weekend. “I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator of Bashar al-Assad,” Trump said…

Police Raid And Seize Documents From Vincy Cop Home

Source: News 784 Assistant Superintendent of Police in Antigua Vincentian Ray John has been suspended with immediate effect, pending the outcome of a probe into his alleged involvement in suspicious activity surrounding an Antigua and Barbuda passport. John’s home was searched for three hours on Friday 13th April 13, 2018, and the investigators…

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Prudent Economic Planning should never be replaced with Begging

Source: News 784 The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of NEWS784. Send all articles to newsroom@news784.com.   A most hopeless period in abject poverty, more undignified national begging both now and in the future, faces Vincentians because of Governmental…

Trinidad: Baby raped, beaten to death

Source: News 784 (TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – A-15-month old baby girl was raped and beaten to death on Wednesday. The suspect is a 17-year-old relative. Baby Raquel George was found bruised and bleeding by her mother at the family home in Palo Seco. The child’s mother, Sharlene George, 44, found the child lifeless when she…

39th Anniversary Of The 1979 La Soufriere Eruption

Source: News 784 Every year, hundreds of people make the climb to look at the great wonder of the La Soufriere volcano, oblivious to its historical past. It is a beauty to behold when you first set eyes on it but it so easy to forget how devastating this sleeping giant can be when it awakes.…

Morgan family hires media crew for court hearing

Source: iWitness News The preacher and his family being tried on a grievous bodily harm charge related to their pouring hot water on a man two years ago brought their own camera crews to court on Thursday. It was not clear whether Nigel Morgan, his wife, Althea — who is an office clerk at…

Public service workers not paying hire purchase debt

Source: iWitness News Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett, on Thursday, expressed concern about the conduct of public service workers who do not pay for items bought on hire purchase from local firms. “She receives a salary every month,” he said of a Public Service worker employed within the police department who had not complied with the…

NDP singing ‘passport masters’ song — Camillo

Source: iWitness News Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves says that when the main opposition New Democratic Party speaks about citizenship by investment, they are  “singing the song of their passport masters who fund their campaign on the promise that if the NDP comes into office, they will sell your passport”. The minister’s comments…

CBI doesn’t cheapen citizenship — Da Silva

Source: iWitness News A finance sector analyst disagrees with the view of the Unity Labour Party administration in St. Vincent and the Grenadines that a citizenship by investment programme would cheapen citizenship. “The reaction to it, I am disappointed with the reaction,” chartered accountant Kirk Da Silva said on Tuesday at a town hall meeting…

Loyal Bank Execs Face More Charges In $50M Fraud

Source: News 784 A New York federal grand jury has returned a superseding indictment slapping banking executives at Beaufort and Loyal Bank with more charges related to allegations, they engaged in a $50 million securities fraud and money laundering scheme. The Federal Judge said their actions constitute a conspiracy to defraud the United…

Man jailed for stealing $10 dasheen

Source: iWitness News A Vermont man was, on Thursday, jailed for three months for stealing EC$10 worth of dasheen from a farmer in the agricultural community two days earlier Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett handed down the sentence on Stanley Andrews, 42, one day after he pleaded guilty to the charge. Andrews told the Kingstown Magistrate’s…

NDP leaders are ‘political Flintstones’ — Camillo

Source: iWitness News Member of Parliament for East St. George, Camillo Gonsalves, has dismissed the leadership of the main opposition New Democratic Party as “politically prehistoric, political stone age, political Flintstones.” He told his Unity Labour Party rally in Calliaqua on Sunday to mark the party’s 17th anniversary in office that his party…

‘Atmosphere of hope, optimism’ in SVG — Saboto

Source: iWitness News Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Saboto Caesar said there is “an atmosphere of hope, optimism and confidence” in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and farming and fishing communities are feeling it. “Very soon, we will reach over 1,000 acres of cacao. And we are not only exporting beans. We are…

Searchlight to ‘downsize’

Source: iWitness News Searchlight, the only of the three newspapers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines with more than one edition per week, will implement a number of changes soon, which will see its Tuesday edition continuing only in electronic format. Sources tell iWitness News that the newspaper, which is owned by Interactive Media…

Woman Charged With Smuggling a Digicel Card at Belle Isle

Source: News 784 Police arrested and charged Yonette Small, 29 years domestic of Campden Park, for attempting to induce the Belle Isle Correctional Facility, at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday 11th April 11th, 2018. Reports are that, on Wednesday at Midday, Ms Small attempted to smuggle a Digicel card into the Belle Isle Correctional…

30th April – Judgement Day For The Morgan’s

Source: News 784 Nigel, Althea and Krystal Morgan all from the Mesopotamia Valley who were jointly charged for the offence of grievous bodily harm upon Cuthbert Victory of the same address on April 9th, 2016 would know their fate on April 30th, 2018. This is when Magistrate Rickie Burnett is expected to give…

North River Road Embankment Protection Works

Source: News 784 The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, through the Regional Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project, is currently conducting river embankment works within the North River. The works include the deepening of the culvert that runs under the road adjacent to the south entrances of the CD Veira warehouses at Block…

Julian Jack in hospital after being found ‘very fragile’

Source: iWitness News Retired credit union manager Julian Jack remained in hospital late Wednesday night, more than 12 hours after being found barely responsive almost a day after he went missing. Jack’s son, Keyon, told iWitness News late Wednesday night that his 66-year-old father was in a stable condition at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in Kingstown.…

Over 140 prizes distributed at National Education Awards

Source: iWitness News Over 140 awards were handed out for outstanding performances at the Ministry of Education’s National Awards Ceremony for the recognition of scholastic achievements in the May/June 2017 (CXC) Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations. The ceremony took place recently at the St. Vincent…

Canada group trains SVG fire fighters

Source: iWitness News Several units of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVPF), businesses, and non-governmental organisations are engaged in a  fire fighting training programme being conducted by GlobalFire, a charitable organisation based in Ontario, Canada. The training course is an initiative of Fitzgerald Huggins, St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Consul…

Port officer wins police public speaking

Source: iWitness News A constable assigned to the Port Authority won the Police Welfare Association first public speaking competition (PWA), held last Friday as part of activities to mark it’s 66th anniversary. Police Constable 996 Sylvorne Lavia amassed 216.5 points, forcing AB 610 Khonder Noel of SVG Coast Services into second placed with…

GCC Region Visitors Discovers Sweet SVG

Source: News 784 St Vincent and the Grenadines is making efforts to woo visitors from the GCC Region to its shores. The GCC or Gulf Cooperation Council is a political and economic alliance of six Middle Eastern countries—Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman. Honorary Consul to Oman Deron Grant on Wednesday…

St. Vincent gets ‘volcano ready’ with new project

Source: iWitness News The University of the West Indies’ Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC), in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), recently launched a project to prepare communities to manage potential impacts of La Soufriere Volcano and related hazards. The “Volcano-Ready Communities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines” project targets 12 towns…

Millionaire leaves wife of 42 years nothing

Source: News 784 (THE SUN) – A widow has been saved from poverty after her millionaire partner shunned her from his will. Scorned Joan Thompson, 79, lived as man and wife with landowner Wynford Hodge for 42 years before his death last year. The 94-year-old was worth more than $2.1 million when he died…

Teachers Union urged to embrace equity

Source: iWitness News Members of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers Union have been told that solidarity, strengthened and deepened by diversity, leads to a more robust democracy. In delivering the keynote address to the union’s 20th biennial convention in Kingstown on Thursday, Peter Wilson, former general secretary of Trinidad and Tobago…

Streets of Cancun run red with 14 murders in 36 hours

Source: News 784 (THE SUN) – Mexico’s most popular holiday hotspot has become overrun with drug gangs, as violence in the tourist party town escalates to unprecedented levels. Cancun has seen 14 murders in just 36 hours — the highest ever in the country’s recorded history, according to Noticaribe. The latest violence on April…

Suspected Passport Racket Under Investigation In SVG

Source: News 784 An investigation is underway here in St. Vincent into what the police  believe is a possible racket involving Antigua and Barbuda passports. A high-ranking official of the Royal St. Vincent and Grenadines Police Force has confirmed this, saying the probe is in the early stages. On Tuesday, reports have been making…

Entrepreneurs trained in fruit drying

Source: iWitness News Approximately 15 entrepreneurs in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are engaged in a one-week training course in fruit drying, which ends Friday with an exhibition on Friday at the Centre of Excellence at Diamond. The fruit drying training is facilitated by the Government of Colombia and executed through the Ministry…

300 child abuse cases reported in SVG in 2017

Source: iWitness News There were more than 300 reported cases of child abuse in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 2017, Director of the Child Development Division, Jemma Alexander told a press briefing in Kingstown on Monday. “Of these reported cases, 20 per cent were sexual abuse, 37 per cent were physical and…

Gymnastics group hold judges’ course

Source: iWitness News The St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Gymnastics Association (SVGGA) and the Pan American Gymnastics Union have teamed up to host introductory judges course for women’s and men’s artistic gymnastics seminar. The course was held in Villa from April 6 – 10, with participants from Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda,…

Man In Viral Video Identified As Vincentian National

Source: News 784 A series of now viral videos making their rounds on social media platform, Facebook, appear to show two Caribbean men held captive by Spanish speaking abductors, one of whom News784 has been informed is a Vincentian National from Union Island in the Southern Grenadines. The video clip shows two men,…

Troumaca Man Ordered To Pay $15,424.22 To Mariners Inn

Source: News 784 Allie Franklyn Providence a businessman from the community of Troumaca who recently returned from Canada has been sentenced to a jail term of seven months. Providence was ordered to pay compensation of $15,424.22 to the Mariners Inn Hotel located at Villa by April 19th, 2019 failing which he faces a six…

UPDATE: Former Credit Union Manager Julian Jack Found

Source: News 784 News784 has been notified that the search for a former manager of the SVGTCCU Julian Jack was successful, Jack was found on Wednesday morning. The former manager was last seen in Peters Hope on Monday. His Vehicle was discovered on Tuesday afternoon in the said community. Police began their search yesterday afternoon…

Retired credit union manager Julian Jack is missing

Source: iWitness News Relatives and friends and other persons will resume around 5 a.m. Wednesday their search for retired credit union manager and former cricket administrator, 66-year-old Julian Jack. Jack’s son, Keyon, told iWitness News around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday that they were just wrapping up a search in Peters Hope, where his father,…

Pregnant students exploited nursing stipend

Source: iWitness News The government has placed a restriction on the number of monthly stipends that student nurses can receive throughout their training. The decision came after a number of students exploited the system during pregnancy, with some of them receiving full monthly stipends every month for five years, during what should be…

REPORT: US Currency Smuggled Into SVG Via Go-Fast Vessels

Source: News 784 In its 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, the US State Department says St Vincent and the Grenadines remains vulnerable to money laundering and other financial crimes as a result of drug trafficking, and its offshore financial sector. The islands the report states remain a small but active offshore financial centre with a relatively…

SVG made changes to anti money laundering laws

Source: News 784 As of July 31, 2017, changes were made to the following pieces of legislation: Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Act, No. 18 of 2017; Anti-Terrorist Financing and Proliferation (Amendment) Act, No 17. of 2017; Immigration (Restriction) (Amendment) Act, No. 16 of 2017; Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations, SRO No.…

St Vincent Urged To Join UN Convention Against Corruption

Source: News 784 According to the US State Department 2018 report, the outstanding Anti-Money Laundering deficiencies in St Vincent relate to the supervision of DNFBPs such as real estate agents, lawyers, jewellers, dealers in precious metals, and accountants. The FIU has been designated by the Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Regulations as the…

NATIONAL SCHOOL GARDEN COMPETITION

Source: News 784 The Rural Transformation Unit in the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Transformation, Forestry, Fisheries, Industry and Labour is hosting a National School Garden Competition. The competition is an effort to encourage an interest among students in agriculture and to make their contribution to increased food security. Registration Forms can be collected…

SVG Celebrates International Library Week

Source: News 784 International Library Week will be celebrated this year from 8th April to 14th April 2018 under the theme “Libraries Lead.” In commemoration of this week the National Public Library of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will celebrate from the 9th – 11th April, 2018 under the theme, “Libraries Lead: a stepping…

James concerned about future after 17 years of ULP

Source: iWitness News A Unity Labour Party senator said that while the party and its supporters celebrate 17 years of governance in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, he is “concerned about the type of future we want for St. Vincent”. “I am concerned about where do we go after 17 years and I…

Jomo defends absence from stage at ULP rally

Source: iWitness News House Speaker Jomo Thomas has defended his decision not to go onto the platform at the Unity Labour Party’s (ULP) rally Sunday night to celebrate its 17th anniversary in office. Thomas said that his decision was part of the principled stance he has taken since becoming Speaker of the House of Assembly on…

Minister updates Parliament on Mt Wynne resort project

Source: iWitness News Minister of Tourism Cecil “Ces” McKie has updated Parliament on the progress of Black Sand Resort, which is being constructed at Mt Wynne-Peters Hope. His update last Thursday came in response to a question from opposition lawmaker Sen. Kay Bacchus-Baptiste, just over a year after the official ground breaking ceremony…

‘Dogman’ jailed for chopping sister

Source: iWitness News A Dickson man was, on Friday, jailed for four and a half years for chopping his sister on Aug. 24, 2017 in their home village. Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias handed down the penalty on Cassion Pereira, two days after he pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding his younger sister,…

High pressure dominates weather across SVG

Source: News 784 A surface analysis reveals the Atlantic ridge of high pressure dominates the weather pattern across Saint Vincent and the Grenadines while a weak trough is over the Northern Windwards. Tonight, mostly partly cloudy conditions are forecast with some early morning showers. Some fair conditions are forecast by tomorrow afternoon. On Wednesday, a band…

Verdict delayed in pastor’s family hot water case — again

Source: iWitness News Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett on Monday had to delay his verdict in the case in which a preacher, his wife, and their daughter are being tried for pouring hot water on a man. Burnett was scheduled to hand down his verdict on Monday at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court — exactly two years after the…

Trinidadian Jailed For 22 Months

Source: News 784 The execution of a search warrant at the Manners apartment at Cane Garden on the morning of April 8th, 2018 by members of the police force has led to the arrest of 28 years old Trinidadian Junior Gomez and 29 years old Yonette Small of Campden Park. 22,053gms of marijuana…

Costa Pacifica Makes First Visit To St Vincent

Source: News 784 The cruise industry here in SVG got a significant boost with the inaugural visit of Costa Pacifica. The ship which was launched in 2009 is the third Concordia-class Costa ship docked at port Kingstown on Monday 9th April 2018. Costa is one of the main operating companies in the Carnival…

Vincentian sports club celebrates 40 years

Source: News 784 A popular Vincentian sports club that dominated Brooklyn’s Caribbean Soccer in the 1980s and 1990s and was dubbed the “Kings of Brooklyn Caribbean Soccer” is celebrating its 40th anniversary. According to Hairoun Sports Club’s long-standing president, Stanley “Luxie” Morris, a St. Vincent and the Grenadines Sports Ambassador, the club, among…

‘Jacket’, co-accused to be tried for murder

Source: iWitness News Rillan Hill resident Schemel “Jacket” Dunbar, 28, will be tried in the High Court on three counts of murder. He will be tried on two counts along with fellow villager Kendeen “Hoodie” Douglas, 31, and Layou resident, 32-year-old Richard “Carib” Francis. Dunbar will be tried singly in connection with the…

GUYANA: 10yro raped during kite flying outing

Source: News 784 (INEWS) A ten-year-old girl was allegedly raped on Easter Monday while out flying kites with friends at Hampton Court, Essequibo Coast. According to reports, the Grade Five student went home complaining of feeling unwell, and her father took her to the Suddie Public Hospital. Following a medical examination, it was…

TRINIDAD – 2,000 Venezuelans Apply For Asylum

Source: News 784 The number of Venezuelan nationals seeking asylum or detained at the main immigration center here has increased significantly, a joint select committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament has been told. Acting Chief Immigration Officer, Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews, told the committee on Friday that an estimated 2,000 Venezuelans have applied for…

Latin America Losing the Battle Against Child Marriage

Source: News 784 (telesurtv) – Latin America and the Caribbean has become the only region in the world where child marriages have not decreased significantly over the past decade, according to a recent report by the U.N. children’s agency (UNICEF). Other regions such as South Asia record a 30 to 50 percent decrease in the past…

Gunmen Storm House In Walker Piece

Source: News 784 Two masked men brandishing guns stormed into a house in the Walker Piece community sometime after 12 pm on Friday 6th April 2018. A woman and child were the only occupants of the house at the time. During the incident the gunmen asked the female about another occupant of the…

I had To Override The Public Servants Says PM

Source: News 784 There will always be complaints,  however,  we must make sure that such does not metamorphous into a permanent condition of dissatisfaction,  engineered by those who wish people to believe that is the case when is not so. The above was said by PM Gonsalves while speaking about what the government…

Verdict in pastor’s family hot water case on Monday

Source: iWitness News While Crystal Morgan’s parents — preacher and educator Nigel Morgan and office clerk Althea Morgan– were busy in the street trying to “heal” a villager of what they had diagnosed as a spiritual illness, their daughter was having a spiritual experience of her own in their house nearby. “I felt…

Lotto booth shooting accused granted bail

Source: iWitness News The Rockies man charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery in Kingstown on March 15 has been granted bail. The Serious Offences Court granted Kishorn Jackson, 26, EC$40,000 bail with one surety on Monday. Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche told the court that…

Teachers urged to advocate for education opportunity equality

Source: iWitness News A former officer of the Trinidad and Tobago teachers’ union had urged educators in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to be advocates for equality of opportunity in education for all. “In living out equality and equity, we must champion the interest of all teachers, all students and all schools, whether…

National Properties to repay NIS with Ju-c Building

Source: iWitness News The state-owned National Properties Ltd. will grant the Ju-C Building to the National Insurance Services Ltd. as part repayment of an existing loan. The central government bought the Ju-C building a decade ago for EC$6.325 million, with Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves saying at the time that he wanted the property…

Teachers’ Union honours former teachers

Source: iWitness News The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers’ Union honoured two former educators during the union biennium in Kingstown on Thursday. The two honourees are Hermia Scott and Robert Fitzpatrick. Read the citations below: Hermia Scott Hermia Maria Claudina Scott nee Marshall was born on the island of Bequia on November…

Digicel Makes Commitment to Help Dominica

Source: News 784 The launch of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Post Disaster Recovery Action Network this week in Miami saw total communications and entertainment provider, Digicel, and its chairman and founder, Denis O’Brien, making a significant commitment to help rebuild the island of Dominica in the wake of Hurricane Maria. On 18…

Vincentians Urged To Comply With WU New Identification Policy

Source: News 784 Persons are being encouraged to comply with Western Union’s 2 pieces of identification policy, when collecting money from an agent location here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This from Shari Brown, Marketing and Network Development Manager for the Eastern Caribbean and BVI Islands of Grace Kennedy Money Services. Brown…

Saharan Dust Expected To Increase Over SVG

Source: News 784 The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment is strongly appealing to persons with respiratory ailments, such as asthma, sinusitis and other allergies, to take the necessary precautions, as the concentration levels associated with the Saharan Dust are expected to increase over St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the coming…

Facebook to verify major page owners

Source: News 784 (BBC) – Facebook will verify the identity of people running popular pages, as part of its continued efforts to stem fake news and propaganda. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said all “large” pages would be audited – any which did not clear the process would be prevented from posting. The move is…

Antigua: Scabies outbreak at the jail

Source: News 784 (ANTIGUA OBSERVER) – There are nine cases of suspected scabies in the jail and the inmates have been locked away in the chapel which the authorities have reportedly boarded up, essentially converting it into the ‘quarantine’ area. A source at the Coronation Road prison said this was done a few days…

26yro & 27yro labourer charged with criminal trespass

Source: News 784 Police arrested and charged Deslan Browne, 27 years labourer of Lodge Village and Haniff King, 26 years Labourer of Redemption Sharpes with criminal trespass, on 05.04.2018. According to reports, Browne and King entered the dwelling house of Rohan Andrews, 28 years unemployed of Largo Height as a trespasser and at…

Works on Banfield Service Station Nearing Completion

Source: News 784 Works continue apace on the Banfield Sol service station which is located on Grenville Street in Kingstown. Sol announced that the Service Station in Kingstown would be temporarily closed from January 8, 2018, to undergo significant structural renovation. General Manager of Sol, Steve Francis stated in a press release earlier…

Brazil’s Lula ‘will not surrender to police

Source: News 784 (BBC) – Brazil’s ex-President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva will not surrender to federal police at their southern HQ despite being ordered by a judge, reports say. Lula was expected to surrender by late afternoon after the Supreme Court ruled he should not stay free while appealing against his corruption…

China sperm bank demands Party loyalty

Source: News 784 (BBC) – A Beijing sperm bank has demanded loyalty to the Communist Party from all potential donors. Peking University Third Hospital said in a statement on its WeChat web page on Wednesday that donors must “love the socialist motherland”. The post also promised 5,500 yuan (£622; $872) to those successful…

Sex scandal hits Vincy top cop in Antigua

Source: iWitness News Vincentian Wendel Robinson has been suspended with immediate effect as Commissioner of Police in Antigua and Barbuda, about two years after he was confirmed in the post. The Antigua Observer newspaper says that Robinson was suspended amidst a sex scandal that has triggered an investigation, which is being led by…

Surface trough to affect SVG over the next 36 hours

Source: News 784 Moisture ahead of a surface trough generated cloudy conditions and occasional showers across Saint Vincent and the Grenadines this morning. This trough will continue to affect the islands over the next 36 hours producing occasional cloudiness and scattered showers. The ridge of high pressure will re-establish itself around Saturday and some fair conditions…

Parliament building to be renovated

Source: iWitness News The government has begun to look for alternative accommodation for the offices in the 200-year-old building that houses the High Court and national assembly in Kingstown. Minister of Works, Sen. Julian Francis told Parliament on Thursday that the current building replaced another in 1798. He said he could not find…

BREAKING: Wendel Robinson Suspended With Immediate Effect

Source: News 784 Commissioner of Police in Antigua and Barbuda, Vincentian national Wendel Robinson, has been suspended with immediate effect. The order came from the Police Service Commission in a letter signed by its Chairman Kelvin John, on Thursday afternoon. Robinson is at the centre of an investigation regarding his alleged sexual harassment of…

Help Needed In Finding This Missing Young Man

Source: News 784 Family and Friends of Jerrand Daisy are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the young man who has been missing since Wednesday. According to the information Jerrand Daisy hails from the community of Largo Height. He was last seen on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at around 6 PM at Lodge…

What next for Trump’s trade agenda?

Source: News 784 (BBC) – There’s no doubt about the big question that looms now for international trade officials. It is: what can they expect next from the United States under President Trump? For decades after the Second World War, the US was arguably the biggest cheerleader for the gradual liberalisation of trade…

Chateaubelair Men Charged With Drug Possession at Bequia

Source: News 784 Police arrested and charged Keygan Mc Coy, 34 years Painter and Ion Chance, 25 years Seaman both of Chateaubelair, for having in their possession a controlled drug to wit nine thousand, one hundred and thirty “9130” grammes of Cannabis, with intent to supply to another. The incident occurred at Port…

Marcos Serioux To Scout For Talented Football Players In SVG

Source: News 784 Marcos Serioux, a professional soccer scout and player’s agent from Base Soccer arrives in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on April 8th to assess the talented youth players in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for professional club placement. His visit to St. Vincent and the Grenadines is organized and sponsored…

Firemen To Receive Training From Canadian Contingent

Source: News 784 The Fire Department of the RSVGPF will benefit from the training to be delivered by a contingent of fire trainers from Canada. The Canadian contingent of fire trainers will arrive in the state this week. Over 70 firemen will receive the training over a 2 week period. The fire trainers…

SENATOR ZITA BARNWELL ATTENDS CDU WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

Source: News 784 Senator, the Hon. Shirlan “Zita” Barnwell, will leave the state on Thursday 5 April to attend the Caribbean Democrat Union (CDU) Women’s Conference and Network Launch in Miami, Florida from Friday April 6th to Sunday April 8th 2018. The Conference will bring together female political leaders and activists from Belize,…

Will accused man in fiery death case walk?

Source: iWitness News The court has granted a final adjournment for the commencement of a preliminary inquiry into the death of the Biabou woman whose lover allegedly set her ablaze as she slept last August. If the prosecution is not ready to proceed on May 5, Pedro Ashton, a 33-year-old labourer of Biabou,…

Hotel workers robbed at gunpoint

Source: iWitness News Kizzyel Antoine had always thought that if she were victim of a robbery, she would fight off her assailant. However, when two men came out of some bushes at Prospect around 9:30 p.m. Saturday and told she and her co-worker, “Give us everything!”, she felt no other impulse but to…

‘Stupidness’ among coaches affecting national athletes

Source: iWitness News The team that represents St. Vincent and the Grenadines at the track and field element of the 2018 CARIFTA Games includes “a number of potential medallists,” says team coach Rawlson Morgan. He, however, said that the team, at the national level, is being negatively affected by rivalries between the players’…

NDP congratulates SVG’s Junior CARIFTA team

Source: iWitness News The main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), on Wednesday, congratulated the Vincentian athletes and coaches who represented St. Vincent and the Grenadines at the CARIFTA Games over the Easter weekend. “Their performance is truly an effort that we all should be proud of as Vincentians,” the party said in a…

NDP senator attends C’bean Democrat Union conference

Source: iWitness News Opposition senator, Shirlan “Zita” Barnwell, will attend the Caribbean Democrat Union (CDU) Women’s Conference and Network Launch in Miami, Florida from Friday to Sunday, the New Democratic Party (NDP) said on Wednesday. The conference will bring together female political leaders and activists from Belize, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos Islands, St.…

Sanga fails to turn up for PI – again; accused freed

Source: iWitness News Three men accused of attempting to kill Jawana “Sanga” Fraser in Paul’s Avenue last October were discharged on Tuesday after the virtual complainant failed to turn up to court as the preliminary inquiry continued. Jomarno “Small Man” Tash walked out of the court a free man while Colin “Cocoa” David…

Facebook Admits to Scanning Private Messages

Source: News 784 Facebook scans the contents of messages that people send each other on its Messenger app blocking any that contravene its guidelines, it has emerged. The scandal-hit firm, still reeling from revelations surrounding Cambridge Analytica, checks images and texts to ensure they are in line with its community standards. While the intentions behind…

Barbados to start exploration for petroleum in 2019

Source: News 784 Barbados will begin exploration for potential offshore petroleum resources next year, Minister with responsibility for Energy, Darcy Boyce, has said. Boyce, speaking at a regional symposium on Strengthening CARICOM Energy Collaboration in Trinidad and Tobago last week, said that Barbados had successfully negotiated exploration licences for two blocks with the…

Vincentian On The Run After Million Dollar Drug Bust

Source: News 784 According to information coming out of Grenada, a Vincentian is on the run following a massive drug bust on the eastern end of the island. The bust took place on Tuesday 27th March 2018. Grenadian police netted one thousand and thirty-three pounds of cannabis, the drugs were recovered along the…

Vehicular Accident at Gorse Leaves One Injured

Source: News 784 Police are investigating a motor vehicle collision involving the motor vehicle (m/v) PR-273 owned and driven by Florence Woods, of Belair and motor vehicle (m/v) P-2432 owned by the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and driven by Christel Hamilton, of Belair. Reports are the vehicles collided along the…

SVG’s CAFRIFTA athletes pleased with their performance

Source: iWitness News Most of the athletes who represented St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the 2018 CARIFTA Games over the Easter holidays returned home on Tuesday exhausted but pleased with their performance. SVG won gold in three events, including its first gold in swimming, when Alexander “Alex” Joachim netted gold in the…

Final adjournment in another PI involving ‘Jacket’

Source: iWitness News The prosecution has been granted a final opportunity to begin a preliminary inquiry into another murder in which Rillan Hill man Schemel “Jacket” Dunbar is charged. On Tuesday, Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne Matthias granted a final adjournment for the commencement of the preliminary inquiry into the March 12, 2017 murder…

BEQUIA: Stop The Political Spite And Fix Our Road

Source: News 784 Residents of Belmont on the Island of Bequia are calling on the authorities to pay attention to a piece of road that is near collapse. The residents told News784 that road posses grave danger to drivers since there is no alternative. The road which is near collapse according to residents…

Volcano-Ready Community Project To Be launched In St Vincent

Source: News 784 An official launching of a project intended to increase preparedness for volcanoes and other natural hazards and reduce climate change impacts in communities here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on April 5th. The project is supported by the Caribbean Development Bank and the University of the West Indies (UWI)…

Taiwan Sets Up Diabetes Prevention Program In St. Vincent

Source: News 784 Taiwan is in the process of launching a diabetes prevention program in the Caribbean region for the first time, under a bilateral agreement with St. Vincent and the Grenadines, one of its diplomatic allies, President Tsai Ing-wen said last Wednesday. While receiving Sir Louis Straker, deputy prime minister and foreign…

G’town duo on gun, ammo charges

Source: iWitness News A woman and a man on gun and ammunition possession charges return to court next Monday, when the man will be sentenced and the prosecution would say whether they would proceed against the woman. On Tuesday, Devon Franklyn told the Serious Offences Court in Kingstown that he is guilty of…

DIGICEL GOSPEL FEST HAILED A MAJOR SUCCESS BY ORGANISERS

Source: News 784 Described as one of the most energised public gatherings in recent times, the 2018 edition of the Digicel Gospel Fest got off to an exciting start last Sunday, April 1st at the Victoria Park, with over 1,500 persons in attendance. Ahead of Sunday’s Festival launch, Digicel customers had the opportunity…

Signing Ceremony OAS/DCF Project

Source: News 784 A signing ceremony to restructure the early childhood curriculum in St. Vincent and the Grenadines was held by officials of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Economic Planning and the Organization of American States (OAS)/Development Cooperation Fund (DCF) project.  The ceremony was held on Thursday March, 29th, at the Ministry…

Sports minister notes need for synthetic track

Source: iWitness News The performance of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines team at the CARIFTA games is an example of what can be achieved with discipline, commitment, and hard work despite the absence of top-notch facility. But even as he made this point as he welcomed the athletes back to St. Vincent…

London murder rate overtakes New York as stabbings surge

Source: News 784 (AFP) — A surge of stabbings in London was blamed yesterday for the city overtaking New York’s monthly murder tally for the first time in modern history. Fifteen people were murdered in London during February, compared to 14 in New York, according to police figures. The British capital also suffered 22…

MISS EASTERVAL RESULTS

Source: News 784 A representative of Barbados, Reanne White captured the annual Miss Easterval 2018 title, which was held in Union Island on Saturday evening. The Barbados contestant who won from a field of 8 contestants, won in the categories of Best Talent and Miss Photogenic, a $3000.00 trophy and a gift basket.…

ECGC Foundation Funds UWI Open Campus Students

Source: News 784 Four students of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus, have been presented with bursaries from the East Caribbean Group of Companies (ECGC) Foundation Inc. The bursary recipients are Tamara Browne who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Accounting, Karla Gellizeau who is pursuing a Bachelor…

SVG Took Part In Regional Police T20 Competition

Source: News 784 A twenty seven (27) member delegation, of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Cricket Team, along with Dr. Linton and Mrs. Lewis departed SVG on Sunday March 25th, 2018, to participate in the annual regional police T20 competition, hosted in Grenada at Progress Park, in the Parish of…

HAITI – 4.6 magnitude earthquake jolts country

Source: News 784 An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 jolted Haiti on Monday but there were no immediate reports of injuries and damages on the French-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country recovering from a massive earthquake that killed thousands of people in 2010. The quake was located at sea about 108.4 km south of…

Woman forgives mother’s killer (+video)

Source: iWitness News A woman whose mother was shot and killed and her brother left paralysed after her neighbour went on a shooting rampage in September 2011, says she has forgiven the man for the pain and suffering he has caused her family. “I don’t have nothing against Chocolate…” Sharon James said of the man…

College student receives cuts to face; woman charged

Source: iWitness News A Block 2000 woman returns to court on April 9 in connection with the incident in Paul’s Avenue, Kingstown last week in which a female Community College student was left with nasty cuts to her face. Chantae James appeared before Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on…

Chocolate’s murderous meltdown

Source: iWitness News — From school dropout, to successful entrepreneur, to 114-year jail sentence By Kenton X. Chance When Alison Lampkin, who usually took to school the 4-year-old daughter of George “Chocolate” Franklyn and his wife, Ingrid Jack-Franklyn, turned up at their home at 7 a.m. on Sept. 13, 2011, he noted that…

Gov’t to own bigger share of geothermal plant

Source: iWitness News The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will now own a 49 per cent stake in the geothermal plant being developed in the country. Originally, Emera and Reykjavik Geothermal, two foreign firms, were to own 75 per cent of the plant, with the remainder going to the government. But…

BREAKING: Winnie Mandela dies at 81

Source: News 784 (BBC) – South African anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Mandela has died aged 81, her personal assistant says. Winnie Madikizela Mandela was the former wife of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela. The couple – famously pictured hand-in-hand as Mr Mandela walked free from prison after 27 years – were a…

23yro Arrested And Charged Over $10,000 In Items Stolen

Source: News 784 Police arrested and charged Raja Clarke, 23 years Dorsetshire Hill, for entering the dwelling-house of Mitra Malcolm, 53 years transmission engineer of Dorsetshire Hill, as a trespasser and stole a number of items. Reports are that Clarke stole a quantity of flash drives valued EC$250.00; one (1) silver sony Vaio…

GRENADA: Visually Impaired Man Charged With Rape

Source: News 784 Police in Grenada has confirmed that a visually impaired man was recently charged with four counts of rape of a 14yro old female student. The incident reportedly happened in 2016 and 2017 but was reported to authorities in early 2018. According to police, this resulted in a full investigation and…

Caribbean must strengthen its Internet infrastructure

Source: News 784 (PRESS RELEASE VIA NEWS784) — The Caribbean will have to strengthen its critical Internet infrastructure if it is to defend against the growing threat of climate-change-driven natural disasters and if it is to keep up with the world’s growing digital economy. This view was expressed by Internet-expert, Bevil Wooding, the Caribbean…

This Driver Did Not Attend The Education Revolution

Source: News 784 (By Patrick Ferrari) – This driver did not attend the education revolution, clearly. If you think that this picture needs a caption or blurb, then you have a problem, too. With the ever-increasing influx of vehicles, one would hope that licensed drivers would be more compassionate, pragmatic, commonsensical, reasonable, decent,…

Capri Sun products withdrawn from stores in St. Lucia

Source: News 784 Capri Sun products have been withdrawn from stores in St. Lucia as a “precautionary measure” after customers complained about the discovery of a “mould-like” substance in the juice packages, according to a press statement. In the statement issued today, March 29, 2018,  Jamaican company GraceKennedy confirmed that they have received…

Marijuana ‘menace’ at secondary school

Source: iWitness News Education and law enforcement officials are said to be mulling over a solution to what is being described as a “menace” of marijuana possession at one of the nation’s secondary schools. “That seems to be a trouble school,” one source told iWitness News of the co-ed secondary school located in…

Father livid as teacher is accused of touching students sexually

Source: iWitness News The father of an 11-year-old primary school student in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has expressed outrage over the Ministry of Education’s handling of an allegation that a male teacher at her school has touched some of his females students inappropriately. The parent says he will report the matter to…

Burglars call their crime ‘going pon food’

Source: iWitness News Three Dorsetshire Hill burglars have been remanded into custody for a few days to help them remember what they did with some stolen items — and thereby, possibly, avoid prison terms. On Wednesday at the Serious Offences Court, Raja Clarke, 23, Rodd Greaves, 21, and Joel Gill, 20, were charged…

iWN Police Youth Club cricketers lock up Prisons

Source: iWitness News The iWitness News Questelles Police Youth Club Cricket Team pulled off a comprehensive victory over Prisons last weekend in the 2018 NLA Barrouallie Sports Association T20 Softball Cricket. In an exciting match, the iWN-sponsored outfit completed a 9-wicket win over their opponents. Batting first, Prisons stumbled to 63 all out.…

TRINIDAD – Opposition Leader says her hands are clean

Source: News 784 Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar has described as “a malicious, deliberate falsehood” statements by Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi linking the former People’s Partnership government to the activities of the British based political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica (CA), that it had undertaken a project here involving the harvesting the data of…

Caribbean Nationals Among Over 200 Nabbed By US ICE

Source: News 784 It’s the start of the Easter weekend for many, but for 271 immigrants, including several from the Caribbean nabbed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers, it won’t be a Happy Easter. The Caribbean immigrants were mostly nabbed in Florida, Puerto Rico and the…

No apologies for Joachim

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KPS are champs again!

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Ambassador Baushuan Ger Concludes Tour Of Duty

Source: News 784 The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) through a press release says that Ambassador Baushuan Ger will be concluding his tour of duty and scheduled to return to Taiwan at the end of March, 2018. Ambassador Ger has express appreciation to the genuine friendship and kind assistance rendered to…

Marriaqua Government Wins Grade 5 Public Speaking Competition

Source: News 784 Jemariah Diamond of the Marriaqua Government School is the winner of the Ministry of Education/ NIS annual Public Speaking  competition for Grade 5. Diamond also took the prize for the best prepared speech.  The topic for the Prepared Speech of the Public Speaking competition was: “Dancehall music is contributing towards…

SVG FORMALLY ENDORSES CARISECURE

Source: News 784 St. Vincent and the Grenadines is positioning itself to developing more effective crime prevention strategies and policies based on data. Prime Minister and Minister of National Security the Hon. Dr. Ralph Gonsalves on March 26th, signed documents to formally endorse and fully adopt the Caribbean Citizen Security Toolkit, CariSECURE. This…

GUYANA – Government orders investigation into police killings

Source: News 784 (CNS)– President David Granger Wednesday said the police have been given instructions to conduct a probe into the circumstances under which three men were shot and killed by law enforcement authorities at the Georgetown Seawall Road on March 15. “We have ordered an investigation into the circumstances under which the…

Men are ‘zapping’ their penises to treat erectile dysfunction

Source: News 784 (NY POST) – Move aside, Viagra — there’s a new treatment for erectile dysfunction, and it’s, well, shocking. The procedure, called GainsWave, zaps tens of thousands of sound waves through a man’s penis to improve blood flow and enable erections. Scary as it sounds, urologists and sexual-health proponents are getting…

Man charged with conspiracy to murder wife

Source: iWitness News A man awaiting a High Court trial for allegedly committing a crime against his wife has been charged with conspiring to murder her from behind prison walls. When he appeared at the Serious Offences Court on Wednesday, Emerson Delplesche was read a charge that between May 31, 2017 and Feb.…

Attempted rape of 6-y-o girl lands man in jail

Source: iWitness News A 34-year-old North Windward man who abducted a 6-year-old girl and attempted to rape her in March 2016 will spend the next five and a half years in prison. High Court judge, Justice Brian Cottle on Tuesday jailed Kural Baptiste for one year for abduction, two years for indecent assault,…

Taiwan ambassador completes tour of duty

Source: iWitness News Taiwan Ambassador to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Baushuan Ger will conclude his tour of duty and is scheduled to return to Taiwan at the end of March, the Taiwan Embassy in Kingstown has announced. “Ambassador Ger expresses his heartfelt appreciation to the genuine friendship and kind assistance rendered to…

AIA didn’t stop EasySky from landing — manager

Source: iWitness News Manager of the Argyle International Airport (AIA), Hadley Bourne, says “we can flip a coin” on whether EasySky, a low-cost airline based in Honduras, will begin flying to the airport again. EasySky, which serviced the Argyle-Cuba route for some months, was one of the chartered flights that flew to Argyle…

Man jailed for beating woman in head with stone

Source: iWitness News An Arnos Vale man has been jailed for three years for beating a woman with whom he has four children. Aaron John changed his plea mid-trial before Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Monday. He was charged with wounding Yvonne Davy by beating her in the…

Digicel SVG Gospel Fest 2018 begins on Sunday

Source: iWitness News The 2018 edition of Digicel SVG Gospel Fest will open this Sunday at the Victoria Park from 6 p.m. The festival, which was started in 2003, and is now into its 16th year, has become a major event on the national calendar, and showcases Vincentian gospel expressions in music, song,…

Positive response to tax amnesty

Source: News 784 There has been a positive response by individuals and the business community, towards the tax amnesty implemented by the government. The disclosure was made by Minister Camilo Gonsalves who says, the three-months tax amnesty which commenced on February 15, this year ends on May 15, 2018. Minister of Finance, Camillio…

18yro buys first lottery ticket, wins $1,000 a week, for life

Source: News 784 (PIX11) – On her 18th birthday, Charlie Lagarde bought a celebratory bottle of sparkling wine and her first-ever lottery ticket at a Quebec convenience store. When she got home, the newly-minted adult discovered she was also a newly-minted millionaire. It turns out the Gagnant à vie scratch-off she bought was worth a million…

LIAT implements new security measures

Source: News 784 As of 27 March 2018, passengers using LIAT flights to the USA and its territories will experience added security measures. These measures are in line with updated Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations. Passengers traveling to the US territory of Puerto Rico (and St. Thomas as of July 1st) on LIAT…

AIA wrote DPP about dismissal of bullet case

Source: iWitness News The management of Argyle International Airport wrote to then-Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Colin Williams about the outcome of a case in which a man was accused of possession of a round of ammunition at the airport in December. “We have written to the DPP then, Mr. Colin Williams, asking…

Saharan Dust Approaching The Islands

Source: News 784 The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service said in an update on Tuesday that a ‘moderate plume’ of Sahara Dust is approaching the islands of the Eastern Caribbean. The dust concentration over T&T is expected to gradually increase into Wednesday. Persons with respiratory ailments should take the necessary precautions. According to NASA,…

Barbados: Apparent love triangle ends in cop’s killing

Source: News 784 (BARBADOS TODAY) – The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) is investigating the stabbing death of one of its officers. At 5:30 a.m, 26th March 2018. The RBPF responded to reports of a domestic disturbance in Kingsland, Christ Church and later found the lifeless body of 31-year-old Shane Welch just outside of…

BREAKING: Six lose Saint Lucia citizenship under CIP

Source: News 784 (ST LUCIA NEWS ONLINE) – The St. Lucia Gazette has featured the names of six individuals who have lost their Saint Lucian citizenship under the Citizenship by Investment programme (CIP). The names of the six individuals – Hamid Sakhidad Barahooei, Sanioura Ali El Sayed, Mariya Barahooei, Taliya Barahooei, Shamel Alabboush…

MP Stephenson Makes Contribution To Junior CARIFTA Athletes

Source: News 784 The Hon. Nigel ‘Nature’ Stephenson, Member of Parliament for South Leeward, handed over two pairs of track shoes on the 26th March to two Central Leeward Secondary School athletes. Nature was moved to help the athletes to be better prepared for the Junior Carifta Games. The games are scheduled to…

Applications for Taiwanese Foreign English Teaching Programme Open

Source: News 784 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce invites Vincentians to apply for the Taiwanese Foreign English Teaching (FET) Programme 2018/2019. The Programme provides an enriching opportunity for Vincentians to work in Taiwan. The ideal candidates must be a qualified English Teacher who will be recruited to teach in K-9…

CWSA To Build New Water Storage Tank In Sandy Bay

Source: News 784 In keeping with their theme for water week “2018 CWSA year of Water Conservation and Storage”, the utility agency would be looking to increase water storage capacity at its catchment facilities throughout the year. Manager of the CWSA, Garth Saunders said that over a nine-year period from 2006 to 2015,…

Man sentenced to 39 years for sex with stepdaughter

Source: iWitness News A man in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who repeatedly had sex with his 12-year-old stepdaughter and asked her what her mother could do about it, has escaped spending 39 years in jail. Instead, the 52-year-old man will serve just 12 years for three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with…

Airport workers suspected in weed export ‘dealt with’

Source: iWitness News The Argyle International Airport (AIA) has “dealt with” the employees they suspected were involved in facilitating a passenger who passed through the airport with 20 packages of marijuana. On Nov. 16, 2017, eight months after the AIA began operating, Vincentian Akil Xavin Jovanni John, 25, arrived in Barbados with the…

Gonsalves says he’s subject of SCL’s ‘nasty’ campaign

Source: iWitness News Hours before the 17th anniversary of his election to government, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves Tuesday night presented himself as the subject of a two-decade campaign by Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), parent company of Cambridge Analytica, which has been accused of mining data to influence election outcomes around the world. Gonsalves, speaking…

AIA defends passenger-screening protocols

Source: iWitness News The Argyle International Airport (AIA) has defended its passenger screening protocols amidst accusation that they are invasive. The airport told a press conference on Monday that the practices it employs are in keeping with regional and international standards. Keith Miller, the AIA’s head of security, said the airport ensures that…

Man who damaged TV with shot gun awaits sentencing

Source: iWitness News A Fitz Hughes man who damaged a 40-inch television when he discharged an unlicensed shotgun in the North Leeward Village on Sunday will be sentenced today (Wednesday) on gun and ammunition possession and other charges. On Monday at the Serious Offences Court, in Kingstown, Jeremiah Ashton pleaded guilty to charges…

SCL operative Who Worked For NDP Found Dead In Kenya

Source: News 784 (By Ernesto Cooke) – The whistleblower at the centre of the Facebook data mining controversy has said his predecessor was found dead amid rumours he had been poisoned. Chris Wylie told British members of Parliament that when he was a specialist at Cambridge Analytica, he had heard that Dan Muresan,…

Male birth control pill one step closer to reality

Source: News 784 (CNN) – For decades, birth control pills have exclusively been used by women. But a male birth control pill that is both safe and effective may be on the horizon, according to a new study. The results of the study were presented Sunday at the annual Endocrine Society meeting in Chicago.…

Trinidad: Cop under probe in ‘drug’ video

Source: News 784 (TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) – A man, who identified himself as the police officer who was featured in a secretly-recorded video allegedly accepting a $100 bribe for the sale of marijuana, is claiming that he thought he was being asked about the sale of seeds. But the Police Service took a dim view…

Man found guilty of refusing to pay hotel bill

Source: iWitness News The Vincentian-Canadian man charged in connection with his failure to pay EC$15,000 in lodging and restaurant bills at Mariners Inn will be sentenced on Wednesday at the Serious Offences Court in Kingstown. On Monday, Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias found the accused man, Allie Franklyn-Providence, guilty of a charge that between…

‘Dr. Weed’ is SVG 7th homicide victim of 2018

Source: iWitness News Police are investigating a homicide, which occurred in the vicinity of Block 2000, Old Montrose, Sunday morning. Akeem “Dr. Weed” Cambridge, a 27-year-old labourer, of Old Montrose, was shot outside of his home in Old Montrose, by an unknown assailant around 5 a.m. Cambridge reportedly received two gunshots to his head.…

Paul’s Lot shooting victim fails to turn up for PI

Source: iWitness News The man who was shot in Kingstown during a daring daylight attack on Oct. 15, 2017 did not turn up to court last Monday, when the preliminary inquiry began. Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche told the court that the Crown had not summoned Paul’s Avenue resident Jawansa “Sanga” Fraser, who survived the…

Taiwan gives US$1.3m to SVG

Source: iWitness News Taiwan has presented cheques to St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the value of US$1.275 million. On Thursday, Taiwan Ambassador to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Baushuan Ger, presented three cheques to Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves in Kingstown. Elson Crick, communications director in the Office of the Prime Minister, said…

Miss Carival off Vincy Mas calendar for 2nd year

Source: iWitness News The Miss Carival show will remain off the Vincy Mas 2018 calendar for a second year as carnival planners continue to try to determine what to do with the beauty pageant, which had been losing money for years. The regional beauty pageant, which ran for 31 years, was not included…

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